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Howell Township Council

Howell Township Council -- Member at large -- Full term -- vote for oneHowell Township operates under the Council-Manager form of municipal government. The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and the four-member Township Council, whose members are chosen in partisan voting to four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with elections held in even-numbered years as part of the November general election. Three council seats are up together and two years later there is one council seat and the mayoral seat up for election at the same time.

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  • Andre de Garmeaux

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    Evelyn Malsbury-O'Donnell

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Campaign phone 732-919-7606
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Campaign Address 25 Casino Drive Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Education Howell Township School System Brookdale Community College
Taxes continue to challenge everyone, whether you are the person paying or the agency making the budget. I am proud to say our most recent municipal tax rate was kept flat. While the local governing body has no authority over educational costs and property values, the portion of tax dollars that are allocated to maintaining the town did not increase. We need to continue our focus on preventing overdevelopment. Properly zoned and planned building such as homes and business are carefully executed. Projects that would result in an undue hardship on our township are denied. For example, the commerce building that recently came before the planning board was ultimately denied. My vote was a resounding no. Another project has been tagged as “The Dump”. Unfortunately, our Township Council does not get an opportunity to vote on the actual project. The applicant is in litigation with the County Freeholders, yet I continue to voice my opposition to the proposal to our Freeholders and support them in their fight. Another challenge that faces Howell and the community at large is the social unrest that has threatened the trust of some and in turn threatens our strength. An example of this is the idea some advance to defund the police departments. I will always choose to support our law enforcement agencies and ensure the safety and well-being of all our families.
I feel most qualified to retain the position of Councilwoman in Howell Township. I have spent over 20 years serving our town on various committees such as Planning Board, Zoning Board, Environmental Commission, Green Team and various other township committees as well as serving as the Deputy Mayor of Howell Township for the past two years. I believe that by serving in different capacities, I bring to the table a background of facts of this community that is desperately needed to make the best choices for our township. I have been a resident of Howell Township since the age of four. I believe this gives me a perspective of Howell Township that others may not be able to perceive.

The quality of life in Howell Township is perhaps easy to reflect upon when you look at our many parks, preserved open space, and many, many farmlands. I am a strong proponent of preservation of open space, Greenacres, and of course, farmland. During my tenure on the Howell Township Council, I have continued to work closely with the Monmouth Conservation Foundation to locate and preserve properties for future generations to enjoy. It is the rural integrity of Howell that draws people to our beautiful Township.

Republicans have preserved 22 farms and more than 650 acres to never be built on. We must continue to protect farms and open space and we will. We also must continue to have the toughest zoning standards to stop large scale development. While the Democrats say they are against more development and affordable housing, it is their party at the state level that created this mandate. I will fight to oppose COAH policies and prevent high density housing.

It is because I believe quality of life is so important that I voted no on the previous project that I spoke of and why I feel the transfer station or what is commonly known as “the dump” is not a good fit in Howell Township. Quality of life comes in many forms but what will be built in our town is critical to maintaining the best quality of life that we can offer our community.